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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

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Aerial target QF-16 takes to the sky

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox The first unmanned QF-16 Viper struck down over the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 5, 2014, was part of a joint effort between the Test and Training Division at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Fla. The test was an…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears completion, ready for fueling

NASA is making steady progress on its Orion spacecraft, completing several milestones this week at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the capsule's first trip to space in December.

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard Defense

DRAGON ‘fires up’ for flight

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard A NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft approaches a Utah Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker for air refueling during a training exercise over Germany in May 2014. The U.S. Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort – known as the DRAGON program –…

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner Defense

C-17 treads into new territory

As important as ailerons, rudders and elevators are to the fundamental movement of any aircraft in flight, its tires are equally important while moving on the ground.


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Raytheon’s BattleGuard(r) demonstrates accuracy of target identification and engagement

Posted  October 22, 2012

During a recent test at Fort Benning, Ga., Raytheon’s BattleGuard modular weapon station struck targets with every burst of ammunition fired, proving its precision engagement capability under both stationary and moving engagement scenarios. The maturity of the BattleGuard system was demonstrated at a live-fire exercise on an A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle by engaging troop and…

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Air Force releases RFP for next search and rescue helicopter

Posted  October 22, 2012

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition announced Oct. 22 the posting of the Combat Rescue Helicopter Request for Proposal to the Federal Business Opportunities website, signaling the official launch of this high priority Air Force acquisition program. The RFP defines an integrated, capability-based, best-value approach. It also includes specific…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin completes pad escape test

Posted  October 22, 2012

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partner Blue Origin conducted a successful pad escape test Oct. 19 at the company’s West Texas launch site, firing its pusher-escape motor and launching a full-scale suborbital crew capsule from a simulated propulsion module. The test was part of Blue Origin’s work supporting its funded Space Act Agreement with NASA during…

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Northrop Grumman unveils MAV-L ground mobility vehicle for U.S. Special Forces competition

Posted  October 22, 2012

Northrop Grumman unveiled its offering for the U.S. Special Forces Command Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 competition Oct. 22 at the Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, D.C. The Northrop Grumman vehicle is known as the Medium Assault Vehicle – Light. Northrop Grumman teamed with BAE Systems and Pratt & Miller Engineering for…

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MEADS friend or foe identification system completes certification testing

Posted  October 22, 2012

The tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System has successfully completed certification testing for its advanced Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe system at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base in Italy. All friend or foe identification scenarios were fully tested in collaboration with the U.S. Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System Identification Friend or Foe…

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Raytheon’s RAM Block 2 successful in double-fire test

Posted  October 22, 2012

Raytheon’s Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 successfully completed its third guided test vehicle flight, further demonstrating the system’s upgraded kinematic performance, guidance system and airframe capabilities. The test also verified the use of RAM production-representative hardware. Designed to represent a salvo operation, the test included the firing of two missiles to verify the command and…

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U.S. Navy christens future USS America

Posted  October 22, 2012

The newest amphibious assault ship America was christened Oct. 20 at a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. “When America joins the fleet, we’ll be a stronger, more flexible, and a better Marine Corps team. We need this ship,” said Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson during the ceremony. The 844-foot ship will be a…

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President of Scaled Composites awarded prestigious James H. Doolittle Award

Posted  October 22, 2012

Doug Shane, president of Northrop Grumman's Scaled Composites business,has been presented the prestigious 2012 James H. Doolittle Award by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots

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Boeing non-kinetic missile records first operational test flight

Posted  October 22, 2012

A recent weapons flight test in the Utah desert may change future warfare after the missile successfully defeated electronic targets with little to no collateral damage. Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., successfully tested the Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project during a flight over…

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Airmen deploy in support of downed Black Hawk

Posted  October 22, 2012

Courtesy photograph TSgt. Peter Feliciano Jr., 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron Air Transportation joint inspector, conducts an inspection of a downed UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in Forward Operating Base Chakhcharan. Feliciano and the JI team prepared the Black Hawk to ensure all hazardous material and cargo were properly secured so it could be loaded and…

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